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NBCU Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol Resigns
Wall Street Journal ^ | MAY 19, 2011, 1:24 P.M. ET | By JESSICA E. VASCELLARO And SAM SCHECHNER

Posted on 05/19/2011 11:29:30 AM PDT by archivist007

NBC Sports Group Chairman Dick Ebersol resigned Thursday, ending a multidecade run at NBC Sports amid cultural clashes with the company's new management.

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Associated Press Dick Ebersol

Mr. Ebersol and NBCUniversal's new chief executive, Steve Burke, have disagreed over several management matters, including Mr. Ebersol's contract, a person familiar with the matter said.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: comcast; dickebersol; ebersol; espn; football; foxsports; ge; hockey; nbc; nbcsports; nbcuniversal; olympics; sports

1 posted on 05/19/2011 11:29:36 AM PDT by archivist007
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To: archivist007

NBC sports sucks big time


2 posted on 05/19/2011 11:34:34 AM PDT by advertising guy (new drink...a Bin Laden.......................2 shots with a splash of water)
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To: archivist007

Sports was the only thing NBC had credibility at anymore. I guess they want to correct that so that they have zero credibility across the board.


3 posted on 05/19/2011 11:35:13 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA; advertising guy; onyx; penelopesire; maggief; hoosiermama; SE Mom; Fred Nerks; ...

Ebersol has been a broadcasting icon for years .. a true
pioneering professional.

NBC Universal = GE = merged with Comcast = state-run media = obama

“The complicated deal, which values NBCUniversal at $30 billion, was first announced in December 2009.

Comcast will pay GE $6.5 billion in cash and also contribute some of its programming assets to the joint venture.

The merger combines Comcast’s cable networks, such as E!, Versus and the Golf Channel with NBCUniversal’s struggling NBC broadcast network, as well as popular cable networks

USA, Bravo, MSNBC and The Weather Channel. NBCUniversal also owns the Universal Studios film and theme park businesses.

The Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice approved the deal earlier this month.”

http://money.cnn.com/2011/01/29/news/companies/comcast_ge_nbc/index.htm

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4 posted on 05/19/2011 11:44:45 AM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: Lazlo in PA; advertising guy

NBC Sports and NBC in general are line for cuts since the Comcast takeover. Look for Comcast subscribers to pay more in fees too.

Isn’t Comcast known for being cheap?

I have heard Clear Channel is sometimes called Cheap Channel.

I am pretty sure that the Comcast regional networks are still going to be renamed NBC Sports (regional network name).


5 posted on 05/19/2011 11:45:26 AM PDT by archivist007
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To: archivist007

“I am pretty sure that the Comcast regional networks are still going to be renamed NBC Sports (regional network name).”

From what I’ve been reading, Versus will be absorbed into NBC Sports.


6 posted on 05/19/2011 12:05:38 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (PAVE THE PLANET!!)
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To: archivist007

I’ve predicted that Comcast will drown ESPN and Murdoch in sports programing. Ebersol has been dumbing down sports telecasts for years: Red Sox vs. Yankees, Red Wings vs ?, Sidney vs. Ovie, Kobe ad nauseam. The Derby was unwatchable with all the celebrities(?), fashions, Mrs. Ritvo and Rosie. The horses I bet, Animal Kingdom and Master of Hounds, never got a second of air time.
Ovie & Sidney? NBC-VS rode Sidney until he broke down. Ovie shipped out early. The team that was best all season was Vancouver which was never shown all year. So instead of showing the great teamwork and top stars, NBS-VS shows the borderline obscene Green Men, a ripoff of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, instead throwing out of the arena. Good riddance.


7 posted on 05/19/2011 12:30:24 PM PDT by namvolunteer (We draw the Congressional districts this time)
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To: archivist007

From everything I heard, he was a gentleman. He lost a son a few years ago I believe. Regardless, he was an innovator.


8 posted on 05/19/2011 12:34:11 PM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: thefactor
"He lost a son a few years ago I believe."

He is married to actress Susan St. James (McMillan and Wife). You're right about the son. They lost their son Teddy four years ago in a private plane crash.

9 posted on 05/19/2011 1:10:12 PM PDT by Mila
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To: STARWISE

Just keeps piling it on! We WILL reach a tipping point and indeed it is getting close!


10 posted on 05/19/2011 1:54:28 PM PDT by LUV W (GOP? You need to fight like a GIRL!!~~Sarah Palin)
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To: archivist007

I’m sorry for any personal tragedies that have affected their family.

That said, Ebersol has a lot to answer for.

He is infamous for promoting NBC’s ‘plausibly live’ coverage of Olympics that were - gasp - staged in foreign countries that didn’t observe nice neat little prime time broadcasting windows. In the internet age such a policy was a lost cause but Ebersol stuck with it - probably because he viewed his audience as indolent dolts who would wait for the result after incessant commercials.

Supporting one’s fellow citizens as they compete in the Olympics is one thing but Ebersol/NBC took mindless jingoism and flag-waving to embarrassing extremes. Had Ebersol been in charge in the 70s at ABC we may never had have known Olga Korbut or Franz Klammer but we certainly would have been buried by coverage of some US also-ran - especially if he/she had a Devastating Personal Tragedy (DPT) to overcome.

He was the epitome of Manhattan/Broadcast Row’s contempt for its middle America audience.


11 posted on 05/19/2011 2:34:09 PM PDT by relictele (Pax Quaeritur Bello)
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To: archivist007; abb
{Ebersol's boss] Burke has stressed that the division, which has hundreds of millions of dollars of losses a year, should do sports-rights deals only if they're likely to make money.

Completely unreasonable MSM request ping.

12 posted on 05/19/2011 7:44:02 PM PDT by Zakeet (U.S. Navy SEAL cocktail - two shots and a splash of water)
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To: Zakeet

Following the logic that sports deals should only be made if they make money, shouldn’t the news division be cut since they lose money?

For sports, you need to spend the money. There is a lot of competition that is willing to do it. Didn’t Fox spend an outrageous amount of money to snatch the NFC NFL division rights from CBS a long time ago because CBS wasn’t willing to spend that much?


13 posted on 05/19/2011 7:57:54 PM PDT by archivist007
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